Ireland Now Second Most Expensive EU Country – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to immediately address the skyrocketing cost of accessing consumer goods and services within the state. Deputy McGrath was speaking after an analysis performed by Eurostat showed that Irish prices for a broad cross-section of consumer goods and services were the second highest in the […]

Less than 1% of EU potatoes grown in Ireland – Eurostat

Ireland produced only 0.6% of the EU’s potatoes (in 2014) while Germany at 19.7% was the EU’s biggest potato producer, according to latest figures on the potato sector from Eurostat. In fact only 1% of arable land in Ireland is now devoted to potato growing, compared to an EU average of 1.5% and a high of […]

Carthy tells EU Parliament that Eurostat ruling has finished Irish Water

Speaking in the European Parliament on Monday evening Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, stated that the decision of Eurostat to rule that Irish Water cannot be placed ‘off-book’ has been the final nail in the coffin for water charges in Ireland. Carthy, who is a member of the Economic & Monetary Affairs committee told MEPs […]

Super Quango in disarray, Irish Water must go – Cllr Martin Lonergan

Independent Tipperary County Councillor for Clonmel/Cahir Borough District, Cllr Martin Lonergan has said the game is up for Irish Water with its failure to meet the key Eurostat market test today.   Cllr Lonergan said: “From the outset the story of Irish Water has been a disaster from the start and the cost to the […]

“Dáil must be recalled following Eurostat decision,” McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called for an immediate recall of the Oireachtas should Eurostat, the EU statistics agency, confirm today that Irish Water will have to stay on the exchequer balance sheet. Deputy McGrath was speaking as growing fears are emerging that the controversial quango has failed to pass the European market corporation test, […]

Ireland most expensive EU country for alcohol

Ireland is the most expensive country in the EU to buy alcohol, according to Eurostat figures released today. Alcohol in Ireland costs 70% more than the EU average price, followed by the UK (65% more than EU average) and Finland (36% more than EU average). The lowest prices in the EU for alcohol and tobacco […]

Ireland’s retail sector showing strong growth – Eurostat

Latest Eurostat figures show retail trade growth bouncing back in Ireland. Year-on-year figures (April 2014 v. April 2015) show an increase of 6.9%, while month-on-month (March 2015 v. April 2015) show an increase of 3.2% Both of these figures far outstrip the retail growth in most other EU Member States. This means Ireland’s retail sector […]

Irish house prices rising fastest in EU

Ireland’s house prices were 16.3% higher in the last quarter of 2014 than in the last quarter of 2013, according to Eurostat estimates released today. This is the highest annual house price increase in the EU. Today’s estimates also show that the rate at which Irish house prices increased over the year in 2014 was […]